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Specialist training. Great rewards.

You will need the drive and commitment to work with children and young people aged 15 to 18.

As a youth justice worker you must complete a level 4 child focused qualification. You will be fully funded to complete this.

You will learn the theory of child development to understand children and young people’s behaviours, and the all too often emotional pain and trauma behind them.

You will learn how your approach and personal interactions can make a big difference in the lives of children and young people.

How studies help you at work every day

Pay

Your pay depends on your location and reflects the fact that you will have to work a shift pattern which includes unsocial hours. You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.

You will start on a 37 hour contract until your initial training is complete. After this you can choose to increase your hours to 39 or 41 hours a week until you complete the level 4 qualification.

Example salary for a 39 hour week
(including 17% unsocial hours allowance)

Band 3 youth justice
worker
Outer London
(HM YOI Feltham)
£31,485
South and South East
(HM YOI Cookham Wood)
£28,529
Other locations
(HM YOI Wetherby,
HM YOI Werrington)
£23,529

See salary for all weekly shift hours

HM YOI Feltham

Band 3 youth justice
worker
37 hours £30,094*
39 hours £31,485*
41 hours £32,876*
* includes market supplement (reviewed yearly) of £5,000 and 17% unsocial hours allowance
* you will move to become a Band 4 youth justice worker upon completion of the level 4 child focused qualification, and the market supplement payment will cease at this stage.

HM YOI Cookham Wood

Band 3 youth justice
worker
37 hours £27,293*
39 hours £28,529*
41 hours £29,765*
* includes market supplement (reviewed yearly) of £5,000 and 17% unsocial hours allowance
* you will move to become a Band 4 youth justice worker upon completion of the level 4 child focused qualification, and the market supplement payment will cease at this stage.

HM YOI Wetherby, HM YOI Werrington

Band 3 youth justice
worker
37 hours £22,293*
39 hours £23,529*
41 hours £24,765*
* includes 17% unsocial hours allowance

Youth justice workers

Benefits

  • 25 days of annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years of service)
  • paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day
  • Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
  • childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits

Training and support

You will begin your career with 2 weeks induction on site, before your 11 week training and a final week shadowing a colleague on site.

The 11 week training programme is equivalent to Prison Officer Entry Level training. The course has been developed to be child focused and will equip you with the skills you need to specialise in working with children and young people in custody.

You will be awarded a level 3 diploma at the end of your training.

Career progression

As part of the youth justice worker role, you must complete a level 4 child focused qualification.

You will learn about speech, language and communication needs, and the essential skills for child protection and safeguarding.

You will be given time, support and technology to help you balance your working duties.

All studies are fully funded.

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